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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe
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Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Researchers used quantum mechanics to develop a new method for generating random numbers to help shield sensitive information from eavesdropping.

Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court
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Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court

Ross Compton had no idea his pacemaker would finger him for arson.

Enigma: Up Close with a Nazi Cipher Machine
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Enigma: Up Close with a Nazi Cipher Machine

A black metal mechanical device resembling a typewriter sits in a wooden box.

Star Wars Robots Like R2-D2, C3PO Could Help You in Real Life
From ACM TechNews

Star Wars Robots Like R2-D2, C3PO Could Help You in Real Life

Texas A&M University professor Robin Murphy thinks robots such those featured in the "Star Wars" movies could have practical communicative applications.

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
From ACM Opinion

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science
From ACM Careers

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she...

Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems
From ACM News

Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems

The chipmaker's updates were meant to fix the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws, but have been causing computers to unexpectedly reboot.

Slac Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
From ACM Careers

Slac Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
From ACM News

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.

Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and Nasa Tech
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Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and Nasa Tech

Richard Vevers, a British underwater photographer, was horrified when he returned in 2015 to a colourful reef in American Samoa he had shot a year earlier. It had...

Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter
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Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already
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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made...

Vint Cerf: It's On All of US to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News
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Vint Cerf: It's On All of US to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM
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Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
From ACM News

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses
From ACM News

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses

Google is helping usher in a new way for companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality
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We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.
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